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Obama says transgender rule is important aid to schools: BuzzFeed
Obama, in an interview with BuzzFeed news website broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube, said schools had been asking the Department of Education how they should handle questions they were facing with transgender youths.
"We think it was important for schools who want to go ahead and, in a very practical way, try to deal with the school year - What are they going to be doing next year? How should we approach this? - that we give them our best judgment about how to approach it," Obama said.
The Obama administration told U.S. public schools on Friday that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice, upsetting Republicans and raising the likelihood of fights over federal funding and legal authority.
The Education and Justice Departments told school districts nationwide that while the guidance carries no legal weight, they must not discriminate against students, including based on their gender identity.
Obama, who has two teenage daughters, elaborated on the decision.
"We're talking about kids. And anybody who's been in school, been in high school, who's been a parent, I think, should realize that kids who are sometimes in the minority, kids who have a different sexual orientation or are transgender are subject to a lot of bullying, potentially," Obama said.
"They are vulnerable. And I think that it's part of our obligation as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly and our kids are all loved and that they're protected and that their dignity is affirmed," he said.Read on the original site
Did the ‘dishonest media’ really take on Lincoln, Jefferson, and Jackson?
President Trump’s latest speech, delivered before a crowd of approximately 9,000 people, included further offensive against what he sees as “the dishonest media.”Trump's remarks were made in a Florida airplane hanger following a tumultuous week in which his national security adviser was forced to step down amid allegations that he had communicated inappropriately with the Russian ambassador and then deliberately misled senior White House staff about that conversation.The president took the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Trump approves California disaster assistance after storms, flooding
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Parts of California damaged by recent storms, including the areas around the damaged Oroville Dam, will receive federal disaster assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Tuesday.Federal aid will be sent to three counties near Lake Oroville, where the tallest earthen dam in the United States suffered damage last week and over the weekend, prompting the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people.Funds will also be sent to other parts of California… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
New 3D printed microscope lets kids 'play' microbiology
By Ben GruberPALO ALTO (Reuters) - Playing classic video games like Pac-Man with living single-celled microbes thinner than a human hair is now possible thanks to an interactive microscope developed by bioengineers at Stanford University.After several prototypes, the researchers released blueprints earlier this month for a "LudusScope" in the international scientific journal PLOS ONE, offering kids of all ages a playful window into the world of microbiology.“It’s a microscope that you can 3D… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam to attend leading international fair on consumer goods
This information was released by Stephan Kurzawski, Senior Vice President of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, which is the organiser of the annual fair, at a press conference in Hanoi on November 9. The event is expected to attract around 4,700 exhibitors from six continents around the world, including from about 65 Vietnamese companies. To date, numerous Vietnamese enterprises have registered for the fair, such as Artex Duy Thanh Limited Company, Bac Ninh Manufacture Limited Company and… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Qatar Airways to offer Chang Mai, Thailand, flights from December
Qatar Airways has announced that it will expand its network to Chiang Mai in Thailand from December 16th. The airline will fly to Chiang Mai five times a week via Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, with an A330-200. The largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai will be the fourth city in the Asian country to be served by Qatar Airways, which currently flies to Bangkok and Phuket, and will commence flights to Krabi on December 6th. With the addition of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...